The questions and answers offered here are designed to help businesses understand some of the basic aspects of the government procurement process. For advice or
answers to detailed questions, we encourage you to contact one of our Procurement Counselors. You can find our contact information under the contact us tab.

The top 3 questions are:


Q.  What is the first step?

A.  Contact a local PTAC center. It will save you time and money.


Q.  How do I complete my System for Award Management (SAM) registration?

A.  Registration in the System for Award Management (SAM) database is required
prior to being awarded a contract with any federal government agency.  No-cost assistance in completing SAM registrations can be found under the Help section at, or by contacting your local PTAC Specialist at


Lisa and Paul…I just wanted to report to both of you…with sincere appreciation for your assistance… that I won my first gov bid contract as a CCR Registered Small Business. If there is somewhere I can log this success in to help justify the need for your counseling program, please send the form and I will report this right away.

Without help from both of you, I would still be ‘in the weeds’ trying to comply with the gov registration process. I still have a lot to learn but this award is a great start and indication that you steered me in the right direction…

Heywood ‘Pete’ Dowling

Q.  How do I apply to the 8(a) BD program?

A.  Contacting the local SBA district office serving your area is the first step. An SBA representative will answer general questions over the telephone. Some district offices may also have 8(a) orientation workshops to provide additional information regarding the eligibility requirements and to review various SBA for

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